#startracking Thursday 21st July 12noon

How much would you pay for a racehorse? What about a son of Galileo? In the 6.00pm at Leopardstown two of them clash. They were two of the top four lots at the Tattersalls Yearling sales, Douglas MaCarthur cost 1.25 million guineas and World War a snip at a mere 1.2 million guineas!! Utah is a third son of Galileo competing and seems a bargain at 260K euros! Mind you the 2yo maiden twenty minutes later at Doncaster has a few expensive debutantes as well. My eye was drawn to Tarbouk because #FantasticMrFahey doesn’t have too many £175K Breeze Up purchases plus it’s a new owner and the horse has changed his name since purchase! (Background details below.) Hamdan Al Maktoum paid 600K guineas for Samharry as a yearling, Godolphin parted with 120K guineas for Amherst Park and Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum (Postponed, Cumani to Varian etc.etc) found 280K guineas down the back of the sofa for Ningaloo!

Plenty of racing today and rest of Leopardstown and Doncaster tonight are of particular interest.


Going/Weather – Latest Updates

Looks possible that we will get Good to Firm going at the weekend with Ascot, Newmarket and York all watering to maintain that position. Local thunderstorms are the issue. I don’t think Ascot will get more than a light shower but both Newmarket and York look like copping a downpour and depending on the strength of the rain on watered ground we could easily be back to Good ground or worse!



Yarmouth 4.55                       BALLYMORE CASTLE At the beginning of this season I never thought I would see this horse running in a 0-85 6F handicap at Yarmouth. Huge reservations about the animal who may keep something for himself, hence the cheek-pieces? Out of love with racing? Or is this his level and he was flattered by his 2yo form? This is last chance saloon and hopefully Jack Garritty can persuade him to put his best foot forward.

11.35am Bo**ocks! He has halved in price from 6/1 last night to current 3/1!! Watching Brief unless he hits 5/1 nearer the off!

Doncaster 6.20                       YARMOUK Now here is an interesting debutante! He cost £175K at the Craven Breeze Ups when he was called Tumbulgum!! New owner to me and #FantasticMrFahey and he certainly seems ambitious! Spread about a dozen horses around the country presumably success will get you a few more? Here’s a piece of background I found on the world wide interwebby thing. (#FantasticMrFahey has put Yarbouk up e/w in the Yorkshire Summer Festival Tipping Comp.)

Thoroughbred Daily News Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah looks like becoming a growing presence in British racing following his acquisition of three 2-year-olds at the recent Craven Breeze Up Sale at Tattersalls. The member of Kuwait’s ruling family has already enjoyed success in Britain with the likes of the David O’Meara trained Salateen (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) and Kevin Ryan’s Areen (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), runner up to Washington DC (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) in last year’s Listed Windsor Castle S. at Royal Ascot. The trio of purchases made in conjunction with Sheikh Abdullah’s bloodstock advisor Richard Knight is headed by Tumbulgum (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), bought for 175,000gns. His racing manager Abdullah Al-Otaibi outlined the team has big ambitions for the future and commented, “The aim in the next few years, will be to target the British Classics.” Richard Knight is naturally keen to foster Sheikh Abdullah’s interest in the sport and added, “Sheikh Abdullah thoroughly enjoys British racing and spending time in his London home over the summer months watching his horses run, especially at tracks like Ascot, Newmarket, York and Goodwood. Hopefully between Abdullah Al-Otaibi, myself and our selected trainers we can deliver both the fun and success that Sheikh Abdullah is striving for over the coming years.”

The other two are £55K purchase Fayez, with O’Meara and already has an OR88 (127), and £62K Halawain with John Quinn, last of six on debut a week ago.

Yarmouk is a river, a battle and currently a serious refugee camp!!

Doncaster 7.25                       HYLAND HEATHER Consistent eight race maiden, four seconds, three fourths! Given up trying to win a maiden and goes back handicapping off OR78. This race is 3yo’s only but she takes on the boys and some in form ones! However the 16/1 with Betfred is too big and Hyland Heather is a one star* each way selection as I don’t think we have seen the best of her yet.

Doncaster 8.25                       ISLAND FLAME Likeable filly who has a winning nature, a C & D win to her name, drops two grades from her last run and the capable Adam MacNamara takes 5lb off. A one star* win @ 4/1 general is a fair bet.      

#FantasticMrFahey on sportinglife.com

Will Hayler, sportinglife.com, Beverley July 18 2016, 21:37 BST

Both Richard Fahey and Mark Johnston are far too diplomatic to say much about it in public, but behind the scenes their private battle for numerical supremacy in the 2016 trainers’ championship continues to entertain.

Fahey’s victory with The Wagon Wheel in the Racing Again Next Tuesday Maiden Fillies’ Stakes brought the scores back to 112-112, but the trainer was far more interested in maintaining his unbeaten record in the ‘Magnificent Seven‘ tipping challenge that runs for the course of the Festival.

Watching Tony Hamilton push the daughter of Acclamation out to hold the persistent challenge of Broadhaven Honey, Fahey could be heard urging, with growing desperation, “it’s for charity… for charity”.

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There was perhaps a notable clue as to expectations ahead of this, The Wagon Wheel’s debut, when both Fahey and Tom O’Ryan, whose brother, Robin, is Fahey’s right-hand man, made her their nominated selection in the competition.

After sending out five winners on the Saturday before, last Saturday produced a disappointing blank for Fahey and the trainer reflected afterwards on some of the more recent performances from the stable.

Eastern Impact ran a great race in the July Cup and I was thrilled with him,” he said. “There’s a Group Three at the Curragh next month (the Phoenix Sprint) that he could go for.

Don’t Touch, on the other hand, I had to be a bit disappointed by. I wouldn’t want to blame the ground, but we’ll avoid anything faster than good now. We might be looking at going up to seven furlongs with him too, but I admit I was expecting something a bit better than that.

The ground might also have been a factor for Mr Lupton at Newbury on Saturday. He’s come back a bit sore and a couple of the jockeys who rode in the Super Sprint for me said it was quick enough.

Queen Kindly will go back up in grade after winning at Catterick last week in a novice race. Getting her head in front again will do her nothing but good and we’ll look at the Lowther Stakes for her now, if the owner is happy.”


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